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5 Factors in Determining Whether Something is Worth Your Time

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 22, 2017

Young professions are asked to do a lot of things both in and out of work, and while many can be leveraged into career development opportunities, others really are best answered with a "no." But how does one determine what is and is not worth the time? An article in the Harvard Business Review outlines a five-factor test to evaluate whether something is an opportunity or a time-waster. The article itself goes into more detail, but in short you should ask yourself: 

1. Does it make the best use of your personal skills? 

2. How big of a reward does this carry? 

3. Does this present a growth opportunity? 

4. Will the rewards appreciate in the future in some way?

5. Will this lead to other opportunities in the future?